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Biting Nails And Its Challenges

By Rawlings Oke Godwin

On 30 Dec, 2022

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Biting Nails And Its Challenges

Biting nails, also known as onychophagy, is a common habit that can have a number of negative effects on both physical and mental health. While nail biting may seem like a minor or harmless habit, it can actually cause a range of challenges for those who struggle with it.

Challenges Of Biting Nails

The following are some of the challenges associated with nail-biting

1. One challenge of nail biting is the risk of injury to the fingers and mouth.

Biting nails can cause cuts, bruises, and infections in the fingers and mouth, and can also damage the teeth and gums. Nail biting can also cause the nails to become misshapen or damaged, which can be unsightly and may make it difficult to keep the nails clean and well-groomed.

2. Social stigma and embarrassment that can be associated with the habit.

Many people view nail-biting as a sign of nervousness, anxiety, or immaturity, and those who bite their nails may feel self-conscious or ashamed about their habit. This can lead to social isolation or discomfort in social situations.

3. Emotional challenges associated with nail biting.

Some people may bite their nails as a way to cope with stress or anxiety. Thi may feel overwhelmed or helpless to stop the habit. Nail biting can also interfere with daily activities, such as typing on a computer or playing musical instruments, and may cause frustration or difficulty in these areas.

Overcoming the challenges of nail biting

It is important to identify the underlying cause of the habit and to seek support and treatment if necessary.

This may include

  • Seeking the guidance of a mental health professional
  • Using positive reinforcement or rewards to encourage nail-biting cessation,
  • By using behavioral modification techniques to break the habit.

By addressing the underlying causes and seeking support, it is possible to overcome the challenges of nail-biting

 

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